The also ‘Summerland’ star dismissed the term during an interview with CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Tracy Smith, according to The Huffington Post.
“I can’t explain to you what it feels like to be a heartthrob. I don’t think I am a heartthrob.
“I hate it. [The term] follows you around, but you don’t deserve it.”
Efron, who stars in the upcoming animated film The Lorax, recently said that Dr Seuss played a huge role in his childhood, commenting:
“I was raised on Dr Seuss… I’m pretty sure I learned how to read via his prose.”
Efron will next be seen in Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Lucky One which will be released in the US on April 20, 2012, and the UK on May 2, 2012. And ‘Dr Seuss’ The Lorax to be released in the UK on July 27.